22 September, 2008

Bali Trip Day 3 : Garuda Wisnu Kencana

Before I proceed to my post, I would like to thank Rony's informations about the Garuda Wisnu Kencana. Since I had been asking him the name of the place. (I'm kind of mixed up Garuda Wisnu Kencana with the Eagle Square, but Rony told me they were actually the same place.)

The Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue

Designed and built by Nyoman Nuarta, one of Indonesia’s foremost modern sculptor, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue or GWK and its pedestal building will be standing 150 meters tall with its wings span 64 meters across. Made from more than 4000 tons of copper and brass, the statue is picturing Lord Wisnu, as the source of wisdom, riding on the back of the mythical bird Garuda as the manifestation of conscience toward Amerta, the perennial goodness.

The statue and its pedestal will be surrounded by more than 240 hectares cultural park which was once an abandoned and unproductive limestone quarry. The cultural park will provide attractions for both local and foreign visitors with supporting facilities such as Lotus Pond, Festival Park, Amphitheater, Street Theater, Exhibition Hall, as well as Jendela Bali The Panoramic Resto and souvenir shop. At present time, the statue of Wisnu, the statue of Garuda, and the hands of Wisnu have been placed temporarily in three different plazas within the park.

The Statue of Wisnu

As the anchor point of GWK, the 20 meter tall copper statue of the Lord Wisnu has been placed temporarily on the highest hill of Ungasan where visitors can enjoy sunset or sunrise over the magnificent view of Kuta, Benoa and Sanur. The location is called Plaza Wisnu and on this plaza’s yard, namely Parahyangan Somaka Giri, a holy spring continually spews out clear water through a stone bowl which many people believe it can cure illnesses or give you a long life.

The Statue of Garuda

Right behind the Plaza Wisnu is the Plaza Garuda where the 18 meters tall statue of Garuda placed temporarily. At the present time, Plaza Garuda becomes the focal point of a massive alley of carved limestone pillars which covers more than 4000 sqm open space area namely Lotus Pond. The colossal limestone pillars and monumental Garuda statue make Lotus Pond a very exotic space. With its room capacity that can accommodate up to 7000 people, Lotus Pond has gained good reputation as the perfect place to hold big and international events.

The Hands of Wisnu

The latest addition to the cultural park is the hands of Wisnu. Finished on January 2008, it was placed temporarily at Tirta Agung.

Last but not least, glad to receive Rony's SMS again yesterday and I have no problem in replying his SMS already since he is using his second phone numbers which I can get through. He's touring 6 peoples from Kuala Lumpur currently. Hey!! Rony do enjoy your trip!!! I'm looking forward to receive your SECRET GIFT that yesterday you told me you gona mail it to me soon. Hmmm....... I wonder what's he getting for me?? Well, WAIT & SEE!!! Heh... Heh... Anyway, An early THANK YOU from me to you first.

Next, we will be doing some shopping spree at Kuta Area. There was a shopping mall called "Sogo" & "Centro" in that area and later on having dinner at Tanjung Pinang. And for those who were in my Friendster list, I'm sure you guys did noticed that I actually had changed my nicknames from Boo to Imut. Many of my friends did asked me the meaning of it. But I'm not telling you guys about it now. All this secret shall be reveal in my next post. So, STAY TUNE :)

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